Jos - The Industrial Training Fund (ITF) says it is planning to establish 46 industrial skills acquisition centres across the country under its National Industrial Skills Development Programme (NISDP).
Prof. Longmas Wapmuk, the ITF Director-General, made this known at the inauguration of its Headquarters’ Annex and ICT training centre in Jos on Friday.
He said that the training strategies would consist both formal and informal skills acquisition process.
Wapmuk said ITF would establish 37 industrial training skills centres, one in each of the state, including Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
He said six centres of Advanced Skills Training for Employment and three Specialised Centres for Culinary Skills to develop skilled personnel for the hospitality and tourism sector would be established.
Wapmuk said that the process would generate 29,875 readily employable graduates annually, pointing out that the number would be increased by running two or three streams of training.
He explained that the aim of establishing the centres was to implement the national industrial revolution initiative of the Ministry of Trade and Investment to reduce unemployment and to create wealth.
The director-general noted that in each of the 46 centres, training would be offered in 25 trade areas in line with international best practices for effective 'hands on learning’.
Wapmuk said that the NISDP was primarily designed to empower its trainees with resources to help them to set up their businesses upon graduation.
Mr Olusegun Aganga, the Minister of Trade and Investment, in his remarks said that ITF was strategically positioned to transform the economy of the country.
Aganga said that the country was blessed with abundant natural and human resources but still lack the skills to translate them into products.
"In order to achieve a sustainable economic growth, we need to turn the quantity advantage we have to a productive advantage and to achieve that education and skills are needed,’’ he stressed
According to him, the country can only achieve the industrial revolution by training adequate manpower to convert the natural resources into finished products and commended the ITF for the initiative.
The minister described the initiative as laudable, noting that it had the capacity to empower trainees to set up their business.
"It will be useless to say that you train a number of people and they are still roaming the streets in search of jobs but it will make more meaning if they set up something of their own,’’ he said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the occasion also featured the presentation of awards to ITF staff who distinguished themselves in 2012.